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Moran Plant from south
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Burlington’s mayor and the developer of an old electric generating facility on the city’s waterfront have agreed to cancel a development agreement.  But the New Moran Inc. is being given a final chance to present a feasible project even as the mayor begins to assess other potential developers or destruction of the building.

Scott Milne
milneforvermont.org

The Pomfret businessman who almost beat the incumbent Vermont governor two years ago is heading into an even bigger race this season, hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.

Moran Plant
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Officials say plans to redevelop the former Moran coal plant in Burlington, Vermont, may be in jeopardy.

Adirondack Park sign
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Following the summer Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake this past weekend, Governor Cuomo’s office issued a report on the impact tourism has on New York’s economy.  In the regional breakdown, the report found there was more than $1.3 billion in traveler spending in the Adirondack region in 2015.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in South Burlington July 19, 2016
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On Tuesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order to give preference in awarding state contracts to businesses in the state that adopt climate friendly business practices. Following the formal signing of the document in South Burlington, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discussed several issues with the governor — including his concerns over the passage of legislation by Congress last week and expectations that President Obama will sign a bill that will override Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law.

Vermont Bucks logo
Vermont Bucks

Less than two weeks after the Vermont Bucks were announced as a new expansion team for the American Indoor Football league, the franchise is looking for a new home.

Governor Peter Shumlin discusses executive order
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order today that will give preference when awarding state contracts to businesses working to fight climate change.

Rainbow Gathering welcome home sign
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The U.S. Forest Service says the cleanup is continuing after the annual Rainbow Gathering that was held this year in the Green Mountain National Forest in the town of Mount Tabor.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

The five major party candidates for Vermont governor will be discussing Vermont's economic future in the time of climate change during a forum Tuesday evening.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was elected Treasurer of the National Association of Secretaries of State during its 2016 conference last weekend.

Multi-State Lottery Association

New Hampshire says it's the first state in the country where people can buy Powerball tickets using a smartphone app that is channeled through a convenience chain.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

Vermont finished fiscal 2016 last month slightly below its revenue target for the year. But spending also was lower than projected, so the state's top budget officer says Vermont won't have to dip into any reserve funds.

Clinton Correctional
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York is on full lockdown today following disturbances Thursday night.

Dr. Eric Howe
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission/Lake Champlain Basin Program

In 1990, Congress passed the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  It is charged with coordinating water quality programs to restore and protect Lake Champlain with partners in Vermont, Quebec and New York.

On Monday, Dr. Eric Howe will become the new Program Director of the Basin Program following the retirement of Bill Howland.  Howe, an environmental scientist, worked at the Darin Freshwater Institute and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation before joining the Basin program in 2009 as its Technical Coordinator.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he wants to lead the bi-national and bi-state watershed protection program.

De Cora/Flickr

The U.S. House has passed and sent to the president legislation that will pre-empt Vermont’s newly effective GMO labeling law and replace it with what some consumer activists say is a weaker national standard.

illuminating9_11/Flickr

The U.S. House has passed a GMO labeling bill that would preempt a Vermont law that kicked in earlier this month.

Rutland, VT
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

The mayor of Rutland, Vermont, says he's confident that the city will win federal approval to host Syrian refugees, despite the city board of aldermen's misgivings.

Mayor James Calnon (left) and Supervisor Michael Cashman sign leadership agreement
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The mayor of the city and the supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh signed a leadership agreement this afternoon with a goal of formalizing joint municipal efforts.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin released the results of testing for perfluorinated compounds in groundwater at two of 11 testing sites in the state.  While both locations show the believed to be carcinogenic chemicals present in groundwater wells, there is also minimal concern that drinking water wells are being contaminated.

Nabil Oudeh
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Many cities and towns have a Rotary chapter, a service organization that supports local communities.  During the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary’s largest fundraising event of the year this past weekend, District Governor Nabil Oudeh traveled from Ottawa, Canada to attend the festival.  Oudeh says he oversees a region that includes Northern New York, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut.

John DiLeo
An Eye for Details Photography / Adirondack Film Society

Movie houses across the country were recently tasked with transitioning to digital projection.  It was an expensive proposition and many small theaters faced closure.  In the Adirondacks, the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign successfully helped many small community movie houses make the upgrades.  The Adirondack Film Society is celebrating the new digital projection system at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake this  weekend with screenings of the classic comedies A Night at the Opera and Sullivan’s Travels.  John DiLeo, the author of five books on classic films, will be at the theater in Schroon Lake to discuss the films and present unique clips on the Golden Age of Movies.  He says he has been steeped in movies since his childhood.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president.

The New Hampshire fire marshal has recommended that negligent homicide charges be brought against the operator of a circus tent that collapsed last year in Lancaster, killing two Vermont individuals.

Norsk Titanium

During the Farnborough International Air Show near London on Monday, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh has been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The international company will invest $1 billion in a new manufacturing plant and training facility in the northern New York city.

Mayor's Cup 2016
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta is the largest sailing race on Lake Champlain.  But this year, high winds and rain lowered some sails and cancelled many shore events.

Greg Parish/Flickr

The Vermont Attorney General’s office has ordered a dairy farm in Brandon to take corrective actions and pay a fine for violations of the state’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.

Sterling College
Sterling College/Flickr

A college in Craftsbury, Vermont, says police are investigating a series of incidents, including one in which a building that had been hanging a rainbow flag to recognize the victims of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando was egged.

Norsk Titanium

The long-awaited confirmation that a major aerospace manufacturer will set up its U.S operations in Plattsburgh was confirmed Monday.

Two Vermont parents have pleaded not guilty to a child cruelty charge after police said their 5-year-old son screamed for help after they took heroin in a Burlington parking lot and wouldn't wake up.

Burlington, VT Police car
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Burlington, Vermont’s police chief is suspending solo officer patrols in the wake of fatal sniper shootings of police in Dallas until the prospect of copycat attacks on other officers diminishes.

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